Health Administration
Section Newsletter
Annual Meeting 2005

Chair's Report Annual Meeting Issue 2005

Jorg Westermann, Chair, HAS 2005 
Jorg Westermann, Chair, HAS 2005
Dear Member/Friend of the Health Administration Section of APHA, How are you doing? What an amazing year we had! I am thankful that we have the Annual Meeting coming up, but sad that we were unable to meet in New Orleans as planned. Here is what we have planned so far for the Annual Meeting: The Program Committee, under the leadership of Bud Nicola, has put together a great mix of scientific sessions. Please check out the details below or at: . As usual we will have our business meetings from Sunday to Wednesday morning from 7 to about 8 a.m. in the Loews hotel. The agenda has not been finalized, but there is a preliminary version on the Web (94K) at . We have an Orientation Meeting for New Members scheduled for Sunday, December 11, 2005, at 2:00 p.m., Hotel: Loews, Regency Ballroom C1. Our Awards Reception has been planned by the Awards Committee under the leadership of Ruth Roman, chair of the Awards Committee, and is scheduled for Monday night from 7:30-9:00 at the Loews hotel. I hope to see all of you during our meetings. Thanks for your time and support. Have a safe trip.

HA Members... Become Mentors!!! (Reprise)

The Annual Meeting is fast approaching. The Health Administration Section has a tremendous program for new members and students that needs your support. Just think back on the time when you first became a member of APHA. What did you think about this organization? How did you think you could become active? How did you get involved? Who or what made the difference for you in APHA? The value you provide someone else, and the value you get from helping someone else, can make all the difference in the world to someone's connection to APHA. As you ponder these questions, please complete the form to become a mentor for someone who is a new member, or a student. It does not take that much time. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Audrey Smith at (313) 402-9608 or via e-mail: <>.

Staffing the HAS Booth - A Valuable Networking Opportunity (Reprise)

The time is soon approaching for the 133nd Annual APHA Meeting and Exposition in Philadelphia, Dec. 10-14, 2005. We need your help to make the Health Administration Section Booth both interesting and inviting for those who pass by in the Exhibit hall. Interesting because you will be there describing the Section.

Working at the HAS Booth is a great opportunity to meet Section members, recruit new members and network with thousands of public health professionals and students attending the meeting. Besides, it is a lot of fun!

Please sign up to help your Section by working the HAS Section Booth for at least two hours over the course of the Annual Meeting. We encourage you to sign up for as many blocks of time as you have time for.

There are slots open that we would like to fill, but we cannot do it without you. It takes an entire Section to run a booth!

We have an online sign up calendar available. It is located at: <>. The times are already set up in one-hour blocks for you. Time slots available include:

Sunday, December 11: 2 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Monday, December 12: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 13: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 14: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Click on the link to find the calendar. To sign up for a time period, click on the day (number), then on "Edit" next to the time period you want to sign up for. Fill in your *name and e-mail address* in the Calendar Text box. We need your e-mail address to contact you. Remember, dates of use of this calendar are December 11, 12, 13 and 14 only. You'll see hour slots either with or without a name and e-mail address. Sign up for the available slots only. Click on the Submit button. Watch your name and e-mail address appear.

I look forward to working with you to make the 133rd meeting a great success. If you have any questions or ideas, I would really like to hear from you. Please e-mail me (Audrey Smith) at <>.

If you have technical problems with the calendar, contact Laura Larsson at <>. Laura will also help you sign up if you prefer to have her do it for you.

Please sign up. Working at the HAS booth is a lot of fun, and you get to network with all sorts of interesting people. Also, you get to learn about a great new technology that you can use for your events.

--Audrey Smith,

Urgently Needed: Pictures from Previous Conferences! (Reprise)

PICTURES!!! PICTURES!!! Do you have any pictures from previous conferences? The HA Membership Committee would like to develop a collage of pictures to display at the Section Booth. If you have any pictures to share, please e-mail <>. 

--Audrey E. Smith, HA Membership Committee

Health Administration Section Awards - Come Celebrate Our Accomplishments, and Network (Reminder)

The Health Administration Section will be gathering to acknowledge the accomplishments and contributions made by Section members. This year the Excellence in Health Administration, Section Chair, and Outstanding Student
Abstract awards will be presented. The Excellence in Health Administration is intended to recognize exceptional and sustained achievement and performance in public health administration, as evidenced by contributions in the fields of practice, science, research, teaching or writing, and should have demonstrated outstanding contributions of major significance to the practice of health administration. The Section Chairperson's award is given by the chair to recognize service to the Section beyond the expectations of office, exceptional performance of duties, outstanding leadership qualities and/or national achievement in attainment of Section goals and objectives.

Come join us as we celebrate and acknowledge the contributions made by outstanding health administrators in public health. A light buffet of hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served.

The Section Awards Event will be held Monday, Dec. 12, from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. If you look for it in APHA's database, the session is #367.0 : HAS Awards.

HAS Annual Meeting Program Newsworthy! (Reprise)

The Health Administration Section’s scientific program for the 2005 APHA Annual Meeting is worth attending. You are invited to view the entire HAS scientific program at: <>. A complete list is located below.

Session #3109.0 Health Administration Section – Student Award Presentations

As a step toward recognizing the importance of students as the future leadership of public health, the Health Administration Section will be featuring a session focused on the top student abstracts submitted to the Health Administration Section. Please join us to recognize these students.

Session #3108.0 Eliminating Health Disparities through Collaborative Leadership

This year APHA and the American Medical Association are co-sponsoring a panel at the APHA Annual Meeting on using collaborative leadership to decrease health disparities. This panel comes from continuing discussions between APHA’s Health Administration Section and AMA’s public health staff. Panelists will present the principles of collaborative leadership as they can be used with practicing physicians in the community to work together on decreasing health disparities.

Session #3282.0 The 2004 Florida Hurricanes: Public Health and Community Response

Florida experienced its most intense hurricane season ever during a seven week period in 2004 – causing $60 billion damage and 117 deaths. Come hear about how Florida has coped with a situation where there was greater damage from natural disasters than any other state has had in a comparable period of time. Presentations will cover response and recovery activities relating to Hurricane Charley and lessons learned; the Department’s behavioral health incident command response to the hurricanes; a summary of a series of case studies and journals produced by graduates of the Public Health Leadership Institute of Florida; and the findings of a survey of nursing home administrators that collected their views on preparations for disasters and their experiences in the hurricanes.

Session #4031.0 New Directions for Quality Improvement

The U.S. public and elected officials are demanding accountability from government agencies. This Health Administration-sponsored session will provide attendees with a snapshot of current initiatives for quality improvement in public health at the state and local levels. The session will address successes, barriers and challenges to implementation of quality improvement efforts, and will provide attendees with strategies, tools and techniques for public health organizations to consider as they seek to move ahead in embracing quality improvement.

Session #4227.0 Public Health Systems Research

This invited session from the Health Administration Section will provide an update on the emerging field of public health systems research and and highlight current studies that offer evidence-based guidance for organizing, financing, and delivering pubic health services. Sessions #3030.0 and 3107.0 Meet NIH Researchers, Staff, and Volunteers in Reducing Cancer Disparities

The Health Administration Section is pleased to sponsor a panel session (#3030.0) with NIH researchers, staff, and volunteers discuss approaches to reducing cancer disparities. This session will be immediately followed by a roundtable session (#3107.0) where attendees will be able to meet with individual NIH researchers, staff and volunteers.

Bud Nicola -

Calendar of Events 2005-2006

To add meetings to this list, send name of association/agency, inclusive dates, location of meeting and the URL for the meeting's home page to the editor at <>.





News, Views and Web Sites

This section is intended to help you with news and Web sites that you can use in your work.

What's New(s) on...?

This section links you to Web sites that have information useful to those working in health administration. To visit the site, just click on the underlined link. Valuable resources all. These links will remain as part of the Newsletter.

Keep in mind that some of the links might take a few seconds to load as they are doing searches of very large databases – and that takes time. New links added Fall 2005: AARP, ASSTHO, KFF, RAND and RWJF -- and the list was alphabetized.

MyPyramid Steps to a Healthier You

Written by a University of Nebraska, Lincoln Extension staff member, this poster is a valuable addition to anyone's door.

Yes, you could post the calendar where your staff can see it. What does it contain? Useful hints spread over 30 days include such recommendations as: 11 - Try a main dish salad for lunch. Go light on the salad dressing. 8 - Dried fruits make a great snack. They're easy to carry and store well. Because they're dried, 1/4 cup is equal to 1/2 cup of other fruits. 20 - Park farther from your destination (work, shopping, et.) and walk the rest of the day.

In addition to nutrition and exercise information, this poster gives food safety and other health-related information.

Low-Skill Employment and the Changing Economy of Rural America

This study reports trends in rural low-skill employment in the 1990s and their impact on the rural workforce. The share of rural jobs classified as low-skill fell by 2.2 percentage points between 1990 and 2000, twice the decline of the urban low-skill employment share, but much less than the decline of the 1980s. Employment shifts from low-skill to skilled occupations within industries, rather than changes in industry mix, explain virtually all of the decline in the rural low-skill employment share. The share decline was particularly large for rural black women, many of whom moved out of low-skill blue-collar work into service occupations, while the share of rural Hispanics who held low-skill jobs increased.

Released Monday, Oct. 31, 2005.

See <>.

GAO Reports

Note: This will be a one-time only list as the GAO has been added to the What's New(s) section above.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released the following reports, testimony, and correspondence:

1. Influenza Vaccine: Shortages in 2004-05 Season Underscore Need for Better Preparation GAO-05-984, Sept. 30.
<>. Highlights - <>.

2. Influenza Pandemic: Applying Lessons Learned from the 2004-05 Influenza Vaccine Shortage GAO-06-221T, Nov. 4, 2005.
Abstract - <>. Highlights-PDF - <>. PDF - <>.

3. Childhood Obesity: Most Experts Identified Physical Activity and the Use of Best Practices as Key to Successful Programs GAO-06-127R, October 7, 2005. Abstract - <>. PDF - <>.

New from National Academy Press

Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Assessment of NIH Minority Research and Training Programs: Phase 3

Quarantine Stations at Ports of Entry Protecting the Public's Health

The Smallpox Vaccination Program: Public Health in an Age of Terrorism

John R. La Montagne Memorial Symposium on Pandemic Influenza Research: Meeting Proceedings

Building a Better Delivery System: A New Engineering/Health Care Partnership

Noise and Military Service: Implications for Hearing Loss and Tinnitus

Ethical Considerations for Research on Housing-Related Health Hazards Involving Children

Personal Knowledge Management Column

This column is devoted to personal applications and information that you, as an individual knowledge worker, can use to improve your information productivity without necessarily relying on your IT staff. The short articles and hints contained in this section will follow a framework originally developed by Prof. Paul Dorsey has recently retired from Millikin University to work on PKM articles and teaching.

Dorsey’s framework consists of seven areas: 1. Accessing information and ideas; 2. Evaluating information and ideas; 3. Organizing information and ideas; 4. Analyzing information and ideas; 5. Conveying information and ideas; 6. Collaborating around information and ideas; and 7. Securing information and ideas, and is an attempt to combine computer literacy with information literacy. It’s an expansion of the: “find, organize, use and disseminate” school of thinking.

Learning to Write Well: Online Articles and Books

The following are a few of the many useful links to books and online articles that you can use to improve your writing.

1. Seven Suggestions To Develop a Superb Writing Style. By Danielle Hollister. 2004.
Summary: Every writer eventually develops her own unique style of writing. As you struggle to create your own voice, while focusing on the required standards, you may want to consider the following tips for improving your style and establishing a professional formula for success.

2. How to Improve Your Writing. By Melissa Fry, MEd. English.
The course "How to Improve Your Writing" is aimed at high school graduates and/or current undergraduate students who wish to review the skills needed to be successful in college/academic writing. The course can also be useful for anyone wishing to review basic academic writing skills. This 16 module course is free of charge and designed to be self-directed.

3. Using the Computer to Improve Your Writing. By Dr. Margaret Procter, Coordinator, Writing Support, University of Toronto.
Discusses using your computer to compose and revise documents.

4. 100 Ways to Improve Your Writing. By Gary Provost. 1985. $6.99.
Available on Helps you to critically evaluate your writing, overcome writer's block, save time and energy, develop a style and more. Highly rated by readers.

5. 26 Golden Rules for Writing Well. By Mantex Company. 2000.
This list of rules includes: When dangling, don't use participles. Check to see if you any words out. Just between you and I, case is important.

Searching the Blogosphere

With hundreds of thousands of Weblogs on more topics than you can shake a stick at, searching Blogs has become a bit of a problem. Why would you want to search a blog? For the highly current information that is often written by experts in the field and made available for you to read and to make use of. Searching the blogosphere is different from searching the Web. Blogs are updated more frequently (some multiple times per day) than the Web is, and traditional search engines weren't designed to keep up with the constant changes to the site nor with this type of information in mind.

A variety of search engines specifically made for searching Blogs are available such as Technorati at<>, Daypop at <>, or Feedster at <>. But no single Blog search engine covers a broad enough range of sources, and some are specific to one broad topic such as technology. Searching all the different search engines can be a pain.

Two new Blog search engines can make your life easier: Google's Blog Search and Clusty, a meta-search engine for Blogs. Google Blog Search (while still in Beta format) works very well. For most searches, I found Google's results to be comprehensive and up-to-date. Clusty sends your search request to multiple Blog search engines and compiles the results for you to examine. Both tools are worth trying out.

I examined two public health topics. The first search was on bird flu, a topic often in the news and of interest to public health practitioners. Clusty returned 292 results, but Google returned a lot more. The Google search also gave me the time the item had been posted (e.g., six hours ago, three hours ago) so I had a sense of its currency. It also gave me a list of five heavily used blogs on this topic. Clusty did give me a breakdown by topics such as flu vaccine, epidemic, Tamiflu and cost.

I also searched on mold public health effects hurricane. Clusty returned 67 results with a cluster of such topics as cleaning mold, New Orleans, control, government, health care, recovery and adverse health effects. Google turned up 317 results on a variety of topics relevant to mold, mold control, sicknesses caused by mold and so on. Google did not give me any blog names because the topic is so broad.

Check these blog search engines out at the links below and try your own searches:

Clusty's Blog Search <>;
Google's Blog Search <>.

Leadership and Management Articles

This section will concentrate on articles that are intended to help you think about your role as leaders in health administration and in public health and to offer practical tips for doing so. Wherever possible we will include articles on best practices.

Request. This is a request to readers to submit their most important questions regarding leadership issues and best practices in public health to Laura Larsson at <> for possible inclusion in future issues of the Newsletter.

The 48 Laws of Power (Brief Summary)

by Robert Greene and Joost Elffers

Green and Elffers have written an entire book on this topic that is available in paper and hardback on Amazon. To see a summary of the Laws listed below with brief annotations, go to <>.

You may not agree with all the laws listed below, but it is worth looking at them to see if you can derive any insights. In fact, you may question how many of these laws would work in the public health environment, and you would be right to question them.

The book is available at Amazon: <>.

Law 1: Never Outshine the Master
Law 2: Never put too Much Trust in Friends, Learn how to use Enemies
Law 3: Conceal your Intentions
Law 4: Always Say Less than Necessary
Law 5: So Much Depends on Reputation – Guard it with your Life
Law 6: Court Attention at all Cost
Law 7: Get others to do the Work for you, but Always Take the Credit
Law 8: Make other People come to you – use Bait if Necessary
Law 9: Win through your Actions, Never through Argument
Law 10: Infection: Avoid the Unhappy and Unlucky
Law 11: Learn to Keep People Dependent on You
Law 12: Use Selective Honesty and Generosity to Disarm your Victim
Law 13: When Asking for Help, Appeal to People’s Self-Interest, Never to their Mercy or Gratitude
Law 14: Pose as a Friend, Work as a Spy
Law 15: Crush your Enemy Totally
Law 16: Use Absence to Increase Respect and Honor
Law 17: Keep Others in Suspended Terror: Cultivate an Air of Unpredictability
Law 18: Do Not Build Fortresses to Protect Yourself – Isolation is Dangerous
Law 19: Know Who You’re Dealing with – Do Not Offend the Wrong Person
Law 20: Do Not Commit to Anyone
Law 21: Play a Sucker to Catch a Sucker – Seem Dumber than your Mark
Law 22: Use the Surrender Tactic: Transform Weakness into Power
Law 23: Concentrate Your Forces
Law 24: Play the Perfect Courtier
Law 25: Re-Create Yourself
Law 26: Keep Your Hands Clean
Law 27: Play on People’s Need to Believe to Create a Cultlike Following
Law 28: Enter Action with Boldness
Law 29: Plan All the Way to the End
Law 30: Make your Accomplishments Seem Effortless
Law 31: Control the Options: Get Others to Play with the Cards you Deal
Law 32: Play to People’s Fantasies
Law 33: Discover Each Man’s Thumbscrew
Law 34: Be Royal in your Own Fashion: Act like a King to be treated like one
Law 35: Master the Art of Timing
Law 36: Disdain Things you cannot have: Ignoring them is the best Revenge
Law 37: Create Compelling Spectacles
Law 38: Think as you like but Behave like others
Law 39: Stir up Waters to Catch Fish
Law 40: Despise the Free Lunch
Law 41: Avoid Stepping into a Great Man’s Shoes
Law 42: Strike the Shepherd and the Sheep will Scatter
Law 43: Work on the Hearts and Minds of Others
Law 44: Disarm and Infuriate with the Mirror Effect
Law 45: Preach the Need for Change, but Never Reform too much at Once
Law 46: Never appear too Perfect
Law 47: Do not go Past the Mark you Aimed for; In Victory, Learn when to Stop
Law 48: Assume Formlessness

So, now that you've read the laws, how appropriate are they for you, as a health care administrator?

Getting Things Done: Time Management Tips

Here is a useful set of suggestions for increasing your productivity and reducing clutter. These tips were taken from several issues of "Taylor's Time Tips," an electronic newsletter, and used with permission of the author. Harold L. Taylor is the author of "Making Time Work for You." Subscribe to "Taylor's Time Tips" at this address: <>.


Nearly 40 percent of 4,600 full-time workers surveyed by said they would rather have more time off than a $5,000 U.S. annual pay hike. says this indicates a shift in thinking over the past few years. (Source: The Canadian Press, 2005)


Keep an idea journal. A spiral notebook is adequate. Have a page for each member of your family and friends that you normally shop for. Jot down ideas during the year. Things you see them looking at longingly. That gizmo they mentioned they would love to get someday.


Shop during the year when you see that “perfect gift” that’s on sale -- the one that will be sold out or double the price in December.


Write the item and the name of the person for whom you bought the gift on the back of the sales slip and keep them in a marked envelope to make returns easier.


People who are too busy to plan, plan to be too busy.

Inspiring Leadership Quotations

"If there is no struggle, there is no progress."
--Frederick Douglas

"You can out-distance that which is running after you, but not what is running inside you."
--Rwandan Proverb

"Quigley's Law: Whoever has any authority over you, no matter how small, will attempt to use it."
--Author unknown

"Dopeler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly."
--Author unknown

"Give a person a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a person to use the Internet and he won't bother you for weeks."
--Author unknown

Online Articles on Management and Business

"The Three "Ds" of Customer Experience." By James Allen, Frederick F. Reichheld, and Barney Hamilton. Harvard Business School Working Knowledge, Nov. 7, 2005:

Eighty percent of companies believe they deliver a superior customer experience, but only 8 percent of their customers agree, says Bain & Company. Here's how to repair the disconnect. From Harvard Management Update. What is your customer service? Is it important to know?

Management/Leadership References to Buy, Borrow or Read Online: Miscellaneous

The Collaboration Challenge: How Nonprofits and Businesses Succeed Through Strategic Alliances, By James E. Austin. Hardcover, Jossey-Bass Publishers, 2000. ISBN: 0787952206. $16.50.
Order from: <>.

Book of Five Rings: The Classic Guide to Strategy, By Miyamoto Musashi. Shambhala, 2005. ISBN: 1590302486. $6.29.
Order from: <>.

The Lady Tasting Tea: How Statistics Revolutionized Science in the Twentieth Century, By David Salsburg. Owl Books; 2nd Rep edition, 2002. ISBN: 0805071342. $10.88.
Order from: <>.

Ethics For A New Millennium, By The Dalai Lama. Riverhead Books; Reissue edition, 2001. ISBN: 1573228834. $11.20.
Order from: <>.

Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ, By Daniel Goleman. Bantam; Reprint edition, 1997. ISBN: 0553375067. $11.56.
Order from: <>.

Triangles of Management and Leadership, By Paul B. Thornton., 2002. ISBN: 1591130786. $14.95.
Order from: <>.